Rainier Guest Services is embracing environmental stewardship in a variety of ways. We are currently in the process of installing an in-room energy management system for all guest rooms. In 2016, we installed energy efficient boilers in our hotels which use less fuel for the heat they produce.
In 2015, four of our transportation vans and one maintenance vehicle were replaced with propane converted vehicles. Propane vehicles burn cleaner than petroleum based vehicles, and produces 30-60 percent less carbon monoxide emissions, thereby reducing our carbon footprint. We are committed to purchasing propane operated vehicles for all future replacements.
In 2010, in partnership with the National Park Service, composting was started. Composting is available at Paradise Inn Café and Dining Room and at the National Park Inn.
Recycling of used cooking oil was started in 2009. All used cooking oil generated in Rainier Guest Services operations is picked up by General BioDiesel, a Seattle based company that converts the used cooking oil to biodiesel which can be used to run cars, trucks and heavy equipment. Biodiesel burns cleaner by up to 49% over petroleum-based # 2 diesels. Since 2009, Rainier Guest Services has recycled 2,973 gallons of used cooking oil which was converted to biodiesel; thereby reducing our environmental impact by approximately 68,800 pounds equivalent CO2 emissions.
Lighting in public areas, guest rooms and exterior lights have been converted to low energy use bulbs. Water faucets at National Park Inn have low flow devices installed to ensure less water usage. We are committed to purchasing Energy Star rated equipment whenever possible. Green cleaning products are purchased in concentrated form and mixed in reusable spray bottles. We avoid any use of Styrofoam. Condiments are purchased in bulk whenever possible. Bathroom and facial tissue are made of recycled paper. Housekeepers are instructed to turn off or down all electrical equipment in guest rooms when not in use. All used bedding and partially used hotel amenities are donated to a local homeless shelter or the Goodwill.
All used fluorescent light bulbs, mercury containing ballast and equipment are recycled through Waste Management’s LampTracker program; used batteries are recycled through Waste Management’s BatteryTracker program. All our electronics are reused or recycled through Washington State’s e-cycle program.
We continually seek to source retail items that are considered “environmentally friendly” such as Made in USA, made from rapidly renewable materials, made of recycled content, etc. Look for signs in our retail shops alerting you to these types of products.